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To participate in the TRIO Talent Search Program students must:

  • Be enrolled at either Oceanside High School or El Camino High School
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be first-generation college bound (natural and/or adoptive parent student resides with has not completed a baccalaureate degree) and/or
  • Meet the following family income levels determined by the U.S. Department of Education
Federal TRIO Programs
Current-Year Low-Income Levels
(Effective January 11, 2019 until further notice)
Size of Family Unit Taxable Income
1 $18,735
2 $25,365
3 $31,995
4 $38,625
5 $45,255
6 $51,885
7 $58,515
8 $65,145

Per federal guidelines two-thirds of participants selected must meet both income guidelines and first generation eligibility criteria.

TRIO Talent Search Program is made possible by a federal grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education and in collaboration with California State University San Marcos, Oceanside High School and El Camino High School.